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A New Study Says Eating Fast Food 4 Or More Times A Week Could Delay Pregnancy

Friday 04/May/2018 - 10:55 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
There are numerous obstacles that can prevent a woman from getting pregnant، and a new study suggests that eating fast food is one of those obstacles، as the Technical Times said.
The study found that women who ate more fast food and less fruit were less likely to conceive within a year. This was compared to women who ate more fruit instead of fast food.
The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction on May 4. Researchers at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute conducted the study.
"The findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimizing fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant،" said Professor Claire Roberts، Lloyd Cox Professorial Research Fellow، who led the study.
Specifically، the study pinpointed the exact amount of fast food meals that impact pregnancy. Woman who consumed fast food four or more times a weeks were less likely to get pregnant in a month when compared to women who ate fast food less often.
In addition، women who ate fruit less than one to three times a month were also less likely to conceive. When a woman ate fruit three or more times a day، she increased her chances of getting pregnant the following month.
The study also discovered that the intake of fish or green leafy vegetables did not impact pregnancy.
"We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes towards national dietary recommendations for pregnancy،" said Dr Jessica Grieger، one of the authors of the study.
A total of 5،598 women participated in the study. A research midwife surveyed the women's dietary information one month before conception. Researchers also documented fertility treatments associated with pregnancy.
There were a few issues with the study that might have impacted the results. First، the researchers admitted that they relied heavily on retrospective recall about what the female participants ate. Second، no paternal data was collected in the study.
Fast food is high in saturated fat، which likely caused the fertility problems in the participants.
"The specific dietary components of fast food and their relationship to fertility have not been studied in human pregnancies،" the researchers wrote. "Fast foods are energy dense with high amounts of saturated fat، sodium and sugar."
There are many factors that could result in fertility issues، including smoking، drinking alcohol، drinking caffeine، over exercising، having multiple sex partners، taking drugs، and exposure to harmful chemicals.

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